The votes don’t lie; despite the Republican victory the Democrats control the Senate. So who does Mitch McConnell work for?
This is one of the most profound pieces of news analysis I have seen on exactly what the massive Republican victory has meant for the Senate. What did you win by voting for Republicans?
You won the ability to pass laws that are supported by a majority of the remaining Democrats. Why? Were you expecting something more?
[W]ith two minor exceptions, every single vote that has passed the U.S. Senate since the beginning of this Congress in January has passed with at least—usually more than—93 percent of support from Democrats.
“While Republicans have done nothing to create jobs and help the middle class, on other topics like passing clean funding for Homeland Security and confirming Loretta Lynch, Senator McConnell has done the right thing by bringing bills and nominations to the floor that Democrats can support,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman Adam Jentleson told Breitbart News. “Democrats hope this trend will continue.”
Since January, according to the U.S. Senate vote count website, there have been 10 nominations confirmed. Each one has seen unanimous support from Democrats who voted, but varying levels of Republican support.
The most important of these, of course, was the confirmation of Loretta Lynch. When he was running for re-election, Mitch McConnell promised that no Attorney General would be confirmed who agreed with Barack Obama’s executive amnesty. Now that he is not running for re-election for several years, he led some Republicans and all Democrats in voting for her confirmation. Or rather, Harry Reid and the few remaining Democrats led McConnell and a large number of Republicans to confirm Lynch.
[T]he so-called “doc fix” which raised the national debt by nearly $200 billion without offsetting cuts to pay doctors who accept Medicare more, passed with unanimous Democratic support and only eight Republicans voting against it. Those eight Republicans were: Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), David Perdue (R-GA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Tim Scott (R-SC).
The only two areas where Republicans used their majority against Democratic opposition were the Keystone Pipeline vote and the National Labor Relations Board vote—a bill that overruled a President’s rule that a Union could call for an “ambush vote,” an election within eleven days.
Obama vetoed both laws.
The bottom line is that voters handed the Republican Party a huge victory and yet voting behavior in the Senate has simply not changed. If Harry Reid were still the majority leader little would be different from what it is now. And since the Republicans refuse to use the power of the purse, they are at the mercy of Barack Obama’s veto even when they do bother to vote against the Democrats.
So the question is: Is there any Republican political candidate we can trust to change this?